Drawing for Print: Mind Fucks, Kultur Klashes, Pulp Fiction & Pulp Fact
519 West 19th Street, New York
February 21—April 6, 2019
David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition organized by Robert Storr that examines the mind and career of R. Crumb. The exhibition will feature a wide array of printed matter culled from the artist’s archive: tear sheets of drawings and comics, taken directly from the publications where the works first appeared, as well as related ephemera. These often fragile works on paper will be installed across the walls of the gallery’s 519 West 19th Street space in New York. Further illuminating Crumb’s practice, the show will also feature a selection of rare sketchbooks and original drawings by the artist.
One of America’s most celebrated cartoonists, R. Crumb helped define cartoon and punk subcultures of the 1960s and 1970s with comic strips like Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, and Keep on Truckin’. Inspired by Thomas Nast, Honoré Daumier, T.S. Sullivant, and James Gillray, among others, his drawings offer a satirical critique of modern consumer culture, and frequently seem to possess an outsider’s perspective—a self-conscious stance which Crumb often relates to his personal life.
Originally published in France in 1986 by Futuropolis, the first edition of Bible of Filth was never distributed in the United States because of its graphic sexual content, which included some of Crumb’s most explicit comics from underground magazines such as Snatch, Jiz, Zap, XYZ, Big Ass, and Uneeda. This revised and expanded English edition from David Zwirner Books, printed on bible paper and bound in leather, contains all the original pieces from the 1986 volume as well as over one hundred pages of additional material. Organized chronologically, there are comics from 1968 to 1986 that were omitted from the first edition and an entirely new selection of work created after 1986.
David Zwirner Books published Art & Beauty Magazine: Drawings by R. Crumb on the occasion of the artist's 2016 exhibition at the London gallery. The book combines two previously published volumes of the magazine with the new Art & Beauty Magazine, Number 3. The drawings in these volumes portray a broad range of female figures in diverse settings and include recognizable celebrities like Serena Williams and Coco. The drawings are based on photographs from magazines, life studies, camera phones snapshots, and selfies.
A limited edition of the book features a special slipcase and signed bookplate.